Irak — Iraqi Forces Arrest 24 Terrorist Suspects

WASHINGTON, May 3, 2010 — Iraqi secu­ri­ty forces with U.S. advi­sors today arrest­ed the sus­pect­ed leader of the Ansar al-Islam ter­ror­ist group, bring­ing to two dozen the num­ber of ter­ror­ist sus­pects appre­hend­ed in Iraq in recent days, mil­i­tary offi­cials said.

Iraqi forces arrest­ed the man and sev­en of his asso­ciates after search­ing sev­er­al build­ings with U.S. forces advi­sors in Baghdad’s Man­sour and Adhamiyah areas. The want­ed man is believed to have links to senior al-Qai­da lead­er­ship.

In oth­er news from Iraq:
— Iraqi forces arrest­ed a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq asso­ciate dur­ing a series of com­bined oper­a­tions in west­ern Bagh­dad today.
— Iraqi forces arrest­ed a sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber and four asso­ciates in Kirkuk yes­ter­day. The want­ed man is a sus­pect in ter­ror­ist attacks.
— Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors searched in Mosul for a want­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq mem­ber believed to have been involved in ter­ror­ist attacks. Three sus­pect­ed ter­ror­ists were arrest­ed.
— Iraqi forces arrest­ed four sus­pect­ed al-Qai­da in Iraq asso­ciates dur­ing a com­bined oper­a­tion east of Tikrit on April 30. The com­bined force was search­ing for a sus­pect in sev­er­al bomb­ing attacks in the Sulay­man Bak area. Infor­ma­tion and evi­dence gath­ered at the scene led Iraqi forces to iden­ti­fy and arrest the four sus­pect­ed asso­ciates.
— Also on April 30, Iraqi forces work­ing with U.S. advi­sors search­ing for a sus­pect­ed senior al-Qai­da in Iraq leader in Mah­mudiyah arrest­ed five sus­pect­ed crim­i­nal asso­ciates of the want­ed man.

Com­piled from U.S. Forces Iraq News Releas­es